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Urban Carping Off The Beaten Track
Gio and his dad before setting up. We
set up around 50 yards apart and
spread four rods along the near and
far margin. Ten minutes later I had a
bream on the far margin rod – not
really what I was after. I redid the rods
and had a couple of beers. Around
4am just before first light, I had a savage take on my right hand rod, which
before I got there had wiped all of our
other rods to the left causing carnage,
and which Simon somehow managed
to sleep through. After a powerful
runaround the fish was in the net. I
hadn’t quite realised what I had
landed until it was fully light, but I
knew it was a better one from the
We packed everything away that
wasn’t needed for photos and weighing. We lifted the fish from the water
and scrambled up the back to lay it on
the mat. In the folds was by far the
best looking common I’d ever had in
my net. Once the photos were done,
we were on our way back without a
chance to really think about what I
had just caught. After making phone
call and thanking them for letting me
fish the spot and explaining what I
had caught, I sent a few photos over
to see if he recognised it. He didn’t,
which made the capture even more
special, and who knows where the
fish had come from and whether it


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